Coast Guard responding to reports of pollution in Charleston City, Bristol, and Ashley River Marinas

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard is responding to reports of pollution from an unknown source causing pools of thick, purple diesel-type product and sheens in the water at Bristol, Ashley River, and Charleston City Marinas Saturday night.

Coast Guard pollution responders are currently on scene attempting to determine the amount and source of the pollution.

The Coast Guard is responding to reports of pollution from an unknown source causing pools of thick, purple diesel-type product and sheens in the water in Ashley Marina and Charleston City Marina Saturday, April 19, 2014. Coast Guard pollution responders are currently on scene attempting to determine the amount and source of the pollution. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The Coast Guard is responding to reports of pollution from an unknown source causing pools of thick, purple diesel-type product and sheens in the water in Ashley Marina and Charleston City Marina Saturday, April 19, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A boater who keeps his vessel at one of the marinas reported the pollution to Coast Guardsmen in the Sector Charleston command center at 6:20 p.m. Additional reports from other boaters have followed.

The Coast Guard has federalized the response, using the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, to ensure swift and appropriate action is taken to mitigate environmental impact.

The product appears to be pooling in the marinas’ boat slips and does not appear to be spreading outside of the marinas’ basins with only a light sheen observed in the Ashley River.

The Charleston City Marina dock master deployed boom in an attempt to contain the product.

The Coast Guard is continuing to investigate and respond.

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